Voluntary Sector Network - Dying Matters

Wednesday, 5 May, 2021 - 10:00 to 11:00

An opportunity for people from local charities and community groups to get together and discuss issues affecting us. We're often also joined by colleagues from the local statutory sector, such as Redbridge Council and the NHS.

We normally hold monthly meetings in Ilford Library. Until further notice we're holding these meetings online using Microsoft Teams software. You need a computer with speakers and a microphone. You don't need to install Teams on your computer - you can join the meeting using your web browser. If you don't have a computer, or if you prefer, you can also install the Teams app on your phone and use that.

At each meeting we'll discuss the experiences our member organisations are having during the pandemic. You'll hear what RedbridgeCVS and Redbridge Council are doing, and have a chance to say what support you need from us. We'll also provide information about funding to help you respond to the crisis, and provide some basic IT tips and information.

Anybody involved with a local community group or charity is welcome. You don't need to register - just join the meeting here on the day. You'll need a computer with a camera and microphone, plus speakers or headphones - most modern laptops will be fine. We use Microsoft Teams - you don't need to install any software, just use your web browser.

This month's meeting

This month's meeting is on the theme of Dying Matters. Jan Scott, Service Development Manager at Saint Francis Hospice, will lead a discussion. Jan says:

Each year at Saint Francis Hospice we celebrate Dying Matters Week. It is a time when we can reflect on the many people we have cared for at the end of their lives and the families that we have helped in saying goodbye. It is also a time when we can think about the aftercare we can offer to people bereaved. This past year has been very difficult for many as the Covid virus has taken the lives of so many. For some families they didn’t even have the chance to say goodbye.

Many of us find it very difficult to talk about death and dying, because it can be worrying to think about dying ourselves or losing a loved one; but there is something special about Dying Matters Week that helps us focus and realise the importance of finding the courage to talk about what our wishes would be. We can think about where we would like our care, can I do an advanced care plan, who do I want with me and where would my preferred place be to die. What would my funeral look like and have I got a bucket list of lovely things to do before my life ends and whilst I am well enough to enjoy it.

Please join me at the RedbridgeCVS Voluntary Sector Network meeting and have this discussion with me together with our colleagues across the borough, come and share your thoughts and experiences or if you feel more comfortable just listen to other people’s stories. 

Comments or Questions

If you have any comments or questions, contact Colin Wilson, RedbridgeCVS Information Officer, at colin@redbridgecvs.net or on 020 3874 4135.  


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